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latin for winning. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> get more news and sheen at ♪ i'm terry mcsweeney live in san francisco international airport where travelers are dealing with yet another airfare increase, the 6th one this year, the story in a live report. >> also this morning a dangerous protest comes to an end after the university gives in to some of their demands. >> you're looking live from emeryville back to san francisco. notice how calm it is this morning. cooler when you step outside. a lot of sunshine today but that won't be the case this weekend. >> major overnight road work going on in hayward right now but they should be clearing most of it this minute.
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the live shot of the san mateo bridge and i'll have a full update in my next report. >> the f.b.i. is getting involved in the investigation of six san francisco police officers falsifying police reports. >> thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. if you haven't already booked your spring or summer vacation, you may soon be priced out. that's the warning this morning after major airlines raised their fares again, the sixth time this year. terry mcsweeney is live in san francisco international with the cause and effect. terry? >> well, the cause, according to the airlines, is the increase in fuel prices worldwide. some consumer groups would disagree on that. are prices going to go up, then come down? they don't know exactly what to do. take a look at pictures of san francisco international airport. american, delta, united, continental and u.s. airways all
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increased fares by between 10 and $20 per trip, depending on that trip. and that is just this week. keep in mind southwest, jet blue and air tran did not increase prices. also keep in mind that airlines sometimes boost prices one day, drop 'em the next. last week fares jumped $20 only to be reduced to $10 a couple days later. airlines are getting pretty darn close to the point where leisure travelers are going to be staying at home. but so far u.s. airways says february travel was strong and offset increased costs. they're talking about fuel prices, the second highest price ever for the month of march. the question that travelers have: what can we do to try to avoid these spikes and when do we exactly book our next trip? we'll have that answer for you, at least some suggestions coming up in half an hour. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news.
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>> all right, terry. thank you very much. it's 4:32 now. the latest protest at u.c. berkeley ended after university administrators agreed to meet with students to discuss their concerns. lillian kim was there and has our story. >> the 8th protestor received victory hugs after they came out of the hall. they were bound together with pvc pipe, duct tape and wire. >> it went very quickly. >> do you think you could have stayed there much longer. >> when you fight a cause you believe in, you can do plenty of things. >> it started with nine but one got arrested soon after when they came back in the building. they protested budget cuts for higher education and ongoing fee hikes. students on the ground came to show their support for those perched above. >> we are the foundation of this university and if they keep pushing us to pay more fees,
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they're going to cut down the amount of kids that attend this school and it's going to be a serious lack of diversity. it's already awful. >> many were prepared for an all-nighter but when news broke they struck a deal with university officials, the crowd erupted in cheers. they agreed to release the students without handcuffs, drop criminal charges against the 18 protestors arrested over the past four days. >> it's the administration who makes all the decisions for everybody on campus. there's a lot of people who would like to be involved with those decisions. >> that meeting is supposed to be a town hall type gathering. as for wheeler hall, it will be open today for normal activities. abc 7 news. >> the state legislature is expected to vote next week on governor brown's budget. the joint committee has approved his proposal to extend temporary tax increases on income, sales and vehicle registration for another five years.
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governor brown has set a march 10th deadline for a budget deal so voters can decide on the tax measure in a special election in june. the governor is already busy courting republicans and democrats to get the two-thirds vote he needs. that's because not all democrats are solidly with the governor right now. >> the latest unemployment figures released in about an hour. they're expecting good news about job creation in february but don't be surprised if it's announced the jobless rate edged up by a 10th of a percentage point. fewer people signed up for unemployment benefits last week than any other week in nearly three years. many experts are estimating some 200,000 jobs were created last month. the jobless rate fell to 9% in january. >> abc 7 news has learned that the f.b.i. is getting involved in the investigation of six san francisco police officers accused in a possible coverup. san francisco's public defender
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says surveillance video from the henry hotel on 6th near mission street shows an undercover officer entering a room without consent. in fact, the defenders say officers may have committed perjury by lying in court about it. the f.b.i. will look into civil rights violations or any other potential crimes. they have launched an internal investigation and george gascon's office will launch a parallel probe. >> the body of a man buried underneath a barbecue pit built by a novato woman is that of her husband. a team was given permission to dig after neighbors said they had not seen 70-year-old dale smith since september, about the time his wife evelyn put in the pit. the remains were that of dale smith. the case could be anything from a homicide to an improper burial. >> a federal study shows miss
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aligned pipes and other defects in the san bruno pipeline that exploded in september. the san francisco chronicle report comes after three days of hearings in washington d.c. into the deadly explosion. the federal report says the work done on the san bruno pipeline was sloppy and careless. in a related development, pg&e said it will begin replacing manual valves with remote or automatic shutoff valves. it will also send letters to all customers who live within 2,000 feet of the pipeline. the ntsb expects to finish its report on the explosion by september. >> construction crews in the new bay bridge put the 4th and final segment of the iconic tower into place this morning ahead of schedule. the project started early monday morning with the giant crane with each segment waking a million pounds. the weather wasn't as bad as expected allowing crews to finish the job early.
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the tower is 480 feet high, that's 91 feet taller than the current bridge structure. >> do you find yourself staring at the work or are you used to it? >> i'm used to it. that's a good thing. i know people swerve on the bridge looking at it. >> no problems in terms of weather-related issues. >> the weather held up for the construction but not this weekend, mike. >> it looks like we have rain on the way saturday night and showers into sunday so far. it's going to be a 50/50 weekend once again if you're going to be outside. let's talk about what's happening this morning at 4:38. get you out the door with cooler conditions. 5 degrees cooler in san francisco to about 11 in napa, 10 in concord, 10 in livermore and 11 in san jose. the lack of clouds allowed those temperatures to drop. upper 30s in santa rosa and napa. low to mid-40s for the rest of the east bay valleys and san jose and los gatos and redwood city. mid to upper 40s for the rest of the bay shore and out to the
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coast. by 8:00 we'll have clouds along the coast. some aren't spilling through the san bruno gap. temperatures by noon low 60s and low to mid-60s most areas. cool where we have that fog and also in san francisco with mid to upper 50s. let's take a look at your accu-weather 7-day forecast. tomorrow an increase in clouds and rain after the sun sets. we'll have upper 50s along the coast, mid to upper 60s around the bay and inland. the rain will turn into showers for sunday into monday. the temperatures will drop i wanna say about 6 to 8 degrees by monday. we have a lot of sunshine and warmer weather for tuesday, wednesday and thursday. good morning, frances. >> well, we made it to friday but there's some construction going on if you're headed to hayward to the san mateo bridge. traffic is light out there but right now we have all lanes blocked from as spirrian until 5:00. some lanes may continue to be
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blocked until 6:00 this morning. keep that in mind as you make your way through hayward. check out contra costa county. so no trouble at all even if you're leaving antioch and bay point. however, there is an injury crash southbound 680. this is in solano county in gold hill and it's not blocking any lanes. >> thanks. it's 4:40. >> how an itsy bitsy spider is forcing mazda to recall thousands of vehicles. >> could you give up your i-phone, laptop or twitter account? next why nonprofit is challenging you to do that today and using technology to survive. [ female announcer ] to get fresh-baked
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for the recall of thousands of vehicles. it's recalling 50,000 of its 2009 and 2010 mazda 6's because of a spider that's built webs in the vent of the system. those webs can clog the ventilation and that can lead to a fuel leak and possible fire. mazda has received 20 reports of clogged systems due to spider webs. a mazda spokesman said he has no idea why they like the mazda 6 so well. >> here's a challenge i'm personally not going to accept. could you give up cellphones, computers and net working sites for one day? it's a challenge that starts today. abc 7's lisa amin gulezian tells us how this annual effort is trying something new this year to get people to unplug. >> ever thought about how much time you spend in your technical world. >> i think my phone and laptop is 95% of my life. how about reconnecting with the world around you, shutting off
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everything and going through a digital detox. no facebook.com, tweeting or texting, nothing. that's what the day of unplugging is about. >> people could use a pause from technology. >> the nonprofit reboot is challenging people nationwide and worldwide to ditch all the gadgets for 25 hours. >> will you take part in the national day of unplugging. >> friday to saturday? probably not. >> to make things a little easier reboot created an app to help those suffering from tech withdrawal. it sends a message to facebook.com and twitter pages letting your friends know you checked out. once you reconnect and start posting again, the message disappears. >> we actually recognize the irony we're promoting a low tech day but that's basically the best way to get the word out.
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>> it was enough to get some diehard teches to step up to the challenge. >> but for others there was no budging. the national day of unplugging started last year. lisa amin gulezian, abc 7 news. >> time now 4:45. you wanna mull that one over for a while. >> maybe. if you're my sponsor. (laughter) >> for the first time president obama is saying publicly it's time for libya's moammer gadhafi could go. the steps the u.s. may take to try to end the fighting there. >> a team of seismic engineers from the bay area head to new zealand. next what they want to learn from that nation's devastating earthquake. >> new details of britney spears free bay area
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>> moderating in the northeast, 40 new york. heading to chicago. look at that. it's even above freezing in minneapolis. heading down to spring training, 79 in phoenix. let's take a look at delays and there aren't any. rain around chicago and a wintry mix around detroit. if any of those become delayed we'll let you know with our flight tracker at abc7news.com. >> it's 4:48 now. this just in from nasa television, a rocket that blasted off early this morning with an observation satellite doesn't have the speed to reach orbit. >> ignition of the forest rocket with glory. >> that's the blastoff from the air force base. at first it looked like all systems go with nasa reporting a normal liftoff but 15 minutes later the problem developed. nasa says it has a contingency plan but didn't provide any details.
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the mission was to analyze how airborne particles affect the air's climate. >> president obama has called phenomenon an end of moammer gadhafi's reign of terrorism. the proponents try to organize new protests today. emily schmidt with the latest. >> there are reports of new libyan government air strikes on rebel forces trying to get reinforcements on the ground. now the rebels are getting full blown support from washington. they've publicly called on libya's leader to step down. >> the violence must stop. moammer gadhafi has lost legitimacy to lead and he must leave. >> mr. obama approved the use of u.s. military aircraft and civilian flights. and a no-fly zone over libya. >> what are the chances that in
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his desperation that qaddafi just starts to kill people? we all admit that he's insane. so wouldn't we want to prevent that from happening? >> secretary robert gates says enforcement is not simple. >> a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya to destroy the air defenses. so it is a big operation in a big country. >> moammer gadhafi has warned thousands of libyans will die if they intervene. >> there are protests planned across the region for what's call a day of raid. tripoli still controlled by moammer gadhafi could be an attempt of his attack in the capital city. >> it's 4:50 this friday morning. in new zealand two more bodies
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were pulled out over night with the death toll to 163. the final dead is expected to top 200. body recovery teams have ended their search of one of the worst hit buildings while they continue to sift through other buildings. >> they are headed to search the buildings damaged and destroyed in that quake. i kind of mangled that but these engineers surveyed the damage and examined the buildings in an effort to understand what caused some structures to collapse and others to survive the quake. they plan to use their findings to improve different zones. >> we can influence the building codes here in california and the united states to make them better for earthquake resistance. and we do a lot of retrofit of
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old buildings. >> the engineers say the trip will be an especially helpful opportunity because new zealand and california have similar building codes. >> just about 4:52 now. let's check with mike for a look at the forecast. friday this weekend. is that the friday dance there? >> it's gonna be great. sunny and spring-like, right, mike? you'll be dancing, too. >> 4:52. looking down from sutro tower. a clean sky over sausalito, san francisco in the background. let's talk temperatures because they are cooler this morning. we are running in the upper 30s to low 40s. as far as what's going to happen today, temperatures running in the mid to upper 60s in the east bay valleys. the east bay shore we'll have mid-60s here with oakland one of the warmest spots, fremont, newark 65 degrees. south bay high clouds and
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sunshine, mid to upper 60s. get near 70 in los gatos, 69 officially. mid to upper 60s throughout the peninsula from 63 at millbrae and as you head into the south bay 68. upper 50s along the coast to low 60s in downtown and south san francisco. north bay beaches in the mid to upper50s but everybody else in the low to mid-60s and down around the monterey bay, mid to upper 60s for you. inland upper 60s to low 70s. definitely the warmest weather there. mid to upper 60s in chico, sacramento sunshine today. a little thicker in the clouds. dry in eureka, 57. fresno will hit 70 today. los angeles and palm springs, mid to upper 70s. san diego 67. dry heading to tahoe. should be easy to get there this morning and again tomorrow before the snow hits tomorrow evening. 46 for a high today. bring it back home. we'll have high clouds start to take over. we'll still have some fog along the coast like we do this morning. some of that shooting through
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the san bruno gap. may see a little fog on the peninsula. low to mid-40s inland, upper 40s to low 50s around the bay and out to the coast. high pressure dominating our weather as the system steers to the north by these it will bring us high clouds and mild conditions. the next system that's sitting over hawaii right now that comes in saturday evening and brings us the likely chance of rain. here we are saturday morning. you see the high clouds and the reason why the temperatures are warmer. as we head into the afternoon hours, the clouds get thicker. we start to see some light rain fall 4:00 to 5:00 up in the north bay and kind of hang out there for the better part of the evening hours and then start to spread southward by tomorrow morning and turn into scattered showers sunday afternoon. the best way to stay outside and be dry is saturday. temperatures a lot like today. as we head to sunday, we'll have low to mid-60s at the bay and coast and even cooler mid to upper 50s on monday and see a
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drying trend and warming trend for tuesday, wednesday and thursday. have a great weekend. here's frances. >> a good starred to the commute. no accidents right now. the road work in the dumbarton in the westbound direction have just been cleared. they clear it right around 5:00 so a few minutes early. but in the eastbound direction lanes will be blocked until about 6:00 this morning. traffic is flowing well and we'll show you live shots of good looking traffic. westbound 80 no problems as you make your way from american canyon where all lanes should all be open in the next few minutes down to the maze and the south bay you'll also have no problems at all. headlights and there's one or two of them northbound 280 and highway 17 coming out of santa cruz mountains. get traffic when you want it and you can sign up for a personalized report on abc7news.com. it's under the bay area traffic link. eric? >> frances, thank you very much. it's 4:55.
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time is running out if you want to reserve a slot in this 12-k race in san francisco. 400,000 people have already signed up for 50,000 spaces. this is the first time it booked so many runners so quickly. the fact that this is the 100th anniversary of bay to breakers is a big draw. there's 9,000 spaces available. registration fees run $52 for adults and $47 for children. >> britney spears performing later this month in the castro district. she will be appearing on "good morning america" in an outdoor special concert from the castro district that will be televised tuesday march 29th right here on abc 7. crews will shut off two blocks between market and 19th streets on march 26th and 27th for the taping of the actual concert. abc producers are still determining the number of people who will be allowed to watch the
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concert. spears will arrive early to meet with local youth groups, too. >> next at 5 a.m. the promise it took to get a group of protestors off the edge of a four-story building at u.c. berkeley. >> crews reach a major milestone in the construction of the bridge and did it a little early. i'm amy hollyfield. i'll have the story coming up. >> the strained higher produce prices are putting on a bay area food bank at a critical time. [ male announcer ] it's a rule of nature.
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